Favorite: McKinley (2-8)
Second-year Coach Al Kallay, a former Gonzaga assistant, returns the most talent of any team in the division — including speedy junior running back Anthony Carthen.
Contenders: Bell (3-6)
Around the league: Bell had one of the best offenses of any team in the Stripes division last season, averaging 16.6 points per contest. The Griffins should be capable of putting up those numbers again this fall, with the return of junior tight end Dontaye Sharp and running backs Aaron Ray and Josue Williams . . . For McKinley, Kallay believes freshman running back Denzel Brown will be an immediate impact player and a standout in the league in the years to come. McKinley also has running back Rachid Burgess back, as well as a couple promising lineman in Kenny Matthews and Olisa Aikiwe (6-foot-3, 260 pounds). . . . Phelps will field its first varsity team in about 15 years under first-year Coach Sonny Price, and Eastern will also be playing varsity football for the first time since 2008. The Ramblers return a promising core of juniors, including quarterback Ora Moore, running back Dajuan Green, defensive back Christian Coleman and guard Elliott Mack . . . Theodore Roosevelt should be improved from its 0-7 season in 2012, which included one forfeit in. Second-year Coach John Sharp has a better turnout this fall, with his roster bolstered by five transfers. One to watch is Friendship Collegiate transfer Mike Jones, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver and corner.